Transportation in Jakarta

As a metropolitan, Jakarta people are very busy, every day people go to work, go out, etc. Being the seventh most congested city in the world, it is not always easy to navigate the streets, but do not worry, the city has an efficient and modern transport network. Here are the options available to you each day.

Cars in Jakarta

The prices of cars and gas are affordable in Jakarta, so if you are tempted to have your own vehicle, take into account the traffic problems of the city. To summarize, unless it is a real necessity, avoid driving a four-wheeler in Jakarta. As a result, the motorcycle is a good alternative and will allow you to squeeze through unsustainable traffic during rush hour.

The bus by Transjakarta

Transjakarta is an express bus system (BRT) in operation since 2004. It is a reliable and comfortable means of transport, serving 15 main lines, including seven, 24 hours a day. Count 3,500 IDR (about $ 0.27 ) for a trip.

Please note, Transjakarta buses can be very crowded at peak times and the wait can take between 10 and 20 minutes due to traffic jams. Despite everything, Transjakarta remains a reliable transport option.

Book a car with driver in Jakarta online

This type of service, similar to Uber and Lyft, is ideal for having a vehicle with a driver. To benefit from this, you can use mobile applications, of which Gojek and Grab are the most popular and also allow you to book a motorbike taxi. Naturally, the car costs more and the travel time is a little longer than the motorcycle.

Count at least 10,000 IDR (almost $ 1) for the first 4 kilometers, but prices can fluctuate during the day to reach their maximum during peak hours.

Note that these apps offer other services, such as delivery of food, packages, groceries, medicine, cleaning on demand, vehicle repair, and even a massage service at home.


Jakarta now has a new, faster public transportation system. Officially opened to the public in 2019, it is the first metro network in Indonesia that currently serves 13 stations, from Lebak Bulus to Bundaran HI.

Despite its limits, the MRT remains an interesting means of transport, if your destination is near one of its 13 stations. The MRT in Jakarta is modern and convenient, with trains every 5 minutes. He makes nearly 300 trips a day, from 5 am to midnight. Thus, although the new MRT is not the most complete transport network available to Jakarta, it nevertheless remains fast and reliable.

Take the taxi in Jakarta

Taxis are convenient, although much more expensive than the Transjakarta or a regular bus. You can hail a taxi anywhere in the city or order one in advance to make sure you arrive on time.

Bluebird is the most popular and reliable taxi company in Jakarta whose cars, painted in light blue.

For pleasant and reasonably priced taxi journeys, make sure the driver activates the counter. Avoid negotiating fares, as drivers generally charge foreigners a higher fixed price. It is also recommended to activate Google Maps and search for routes to your destination. So you can always choose the shortest and least crowded route possible. The app will also warn you if the driver is moving away from the road.

Road to Margo Utomo Agro Resort in East Java


220 kilometers in 4:30, this is the program of our afternoon on the Indonesian roads, from Bromo to Kalibaru. We have booked two double rooms at the Margo Utomo Agro Resort. They are located in small bungalows set amidst lush tropical vegetation, flowers and very well maintained. With a large pool as a bonus, this resort looks luxurious but is actually very affordable.

There is the possibility of taking a guided tour of the plantation. Our guide, whose smile never leaves his face, explains and shows us how we grow coffee, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla etc. It makes us feel everything, even taste it when possible. Coffee beans drying in the sun.  So, when she makes me smell the cinnamon with her eyes closed without telling what it is, I immediately makes an association of idea: “Mmmh, it smells like cake”! Then an employee admires the children by climbing the coconut palms with bare hands and feet, as easily as if it were a staircase, to pick up some coconuts.

Then the guide shows us teak… in the form of trees. It also shears the bark of a rubber tree, the famous “rubber tree”: children are captivated by this substance which transforms in a few seconds into latex. We end the visit by the oven above which boils coconut juice, which we have the right to taste and which is a pure delight.

In short, a superb little lesson in things that this guided tour, perfectly suited to children but also to adults. In the afternoon, we leave for Banyuwangi where we will spend the night, and which will be our starting point in the early morning for the excursion to Kawah Ijen (which means “crater of Ijen”).

How to get there ?

By car : the plantation is located in Kalibaru, on the southern road from Bromo to Ijen (via Jember). It is an ideal stopover between the two volcanoes.

Accommodation : Margo Utomo Eco/Agro Resort  (in Kalibaru, East Java: not to be confused with the Margo Hill View Resort, which is part of the same group and located nearby).

→ The price : low season $. 40/night for the double room, breakfast included, and $. 50/night for high season. The exotic garden is lush and particularly pleasant. The height of happiness for children: there is a large swimming pool surrounded by tropical vegetation.

Address: Jl. Lap. No. 10, Kalibaru Kulon, Kalibaru, Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur 68467. Tel +62 333 897700

The Margo Utomo plantation

→ Visit of the plantation – There are two ways to tour the plantation (“Aroma tour – Spice gardens”): the one hour guided tour and the two hour one. We chose the one hour, which lasted almost double thanks to the very available guide.

→ Catering – We have tasted a delicious warung on the road which crosses the city (leaving the enclosure of the plantation, take the path on the left, then turn right at the first crossing; arriving a little further on the road main road which crosses the city, the warung is located a hundred meters on the left). It’s delicious and it only costs a handful of euros for four meals, the Chinese boss is welcoming and as in all warungs, we had very nice meetings there.

Long ears Dayak women in Borneo

the woman with big ears in Borneo

Dayak people with dilated lobes are said to be only one hundred living along the Mahakam River. This is on the island of Borneo.

This 920 km river has always been a vital artery and the only means of communication for residents living in this remote area of ​​East Kalimantan [Kalimantan is the name given to the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. This region includes five provinces: East, West, Central, South and North Kalimantan]. It is on this river that depends on the flow or not of human movement and transportation of goods from Samarinda, the provincial capital, to the most remote hamlets.

When the water level rises during the rainy season, navigation becomes very risky, because the river carries many tree trunks that can hit the boat at any time. But when the level drops, in the dry season, the ship can no longer pass, because of the risk of crashing into rocks. along the journey from Long Bagun to the headwaters, the natural beauty of the dazzling scenery is crossed: giant karst walls, green forests, bird concerts, dizzying waterfalls.

The Dayaks are divided into several ethnic groups, one of which is the Bahau Dayak ethnic group. They built huts in their fields on the banks of this river with clear water. Bahak Dayak is a sub-group of Dayaks who live along the Mahakam upstream. To go to their fields, which are quite far from the village of Long Isun, they use a boat attached to a propeller motor which is the main means of transportation for Dayaks.

The ring was hung since the first week of life

A few weeks after birth, the lobes of Dayak girls are pricked with bamboo points and sticks inserted into the hole to keep them open. They are then replaced with thicker sticks, so the hole grows larger as the child grows.

When approaching adolescence, a copper ring hung in his ear. These rings are called sangs in the Dayak Bahau language. Every year Hisangs are added to add weight to the lobes. It is under this ever-increasing weight that the ears are stretched out. Among Dayak Kenyah, the same operation was carried out on women belonging to the nobility. Once perforated, the two lobes are connected to each other by a wire, to create tension and make the hole widen. Belaung – a term used by Dayak Kenyah to designate this ring – is hung as soon as the baby grows.

Is lobe lengthening a specific Dayak practice?

The rings in the ears are found practically everywhere in Southeast Asia. Dayaks are distinguished by the number of these rings and the length of the lobes they carry. But the practice falls under canons of beauty which are far from being limited to Kalimantan (think, for example, of giraffe women, whose rings lengthen their necks). These are aesthetic practices, but also markers of social status. Among the Dayaks, like everywhere else, jewelry is a sign of wealth.

But among the Dayaks, the modification brought about by these jewels is spectacular and probably painful…

Dayak women do not speak of the pain they may have felt when their ears were pierced. Presumably because, as with little Western girls, this is done at an early age, which does not really leave any memories. Then the progressive elongation is not painful. Little girls learn to run and play by supporting the weight of the rings with their hands. Tattooing, on the other hand, is often described as very painful.

When did the custom of long ears start to disappear?

At the time of the “confrontation” – as the conflict with the Malay in the 1960s is called – the Indonesian army recruited the Dayaks as porters, guides or combatants, which generated interference between the Javanese world – dominant Muslim of the centralized state and these peripheral tribes, hitherto isolated. Shortly thereafter, primary school was established in all villages and the teachers aroused the shame of the little girls wearing big ears. This rather brutal opening to the outside world led to their abandonment.

It seems that the tradition is currently arousing renewed curiosity. Is it correct ?

The village of Pampang was created for tourists. Its inhabitants give dance performances, give blowgun demonstrations. Some old ladies with long ears get paid to be photographed. It is known and visitors tend more and more to turn away from this type of folkloric staging.

We must be careful, in general, to focus too much on the long ears. They are only a marginal part of these endangered cultures. In the villages today, the Dayaks all have smartphones. There are karaoke bars there. These villages are already globalized.

The smoothie, good or bad for health?

Who does not like to enjoy a smoothie for an instant guaranteed freshness? Yes, we like it for its fruity and “healthy” side. But the smoothie is not, in reality, the innocent drink that is believed. Worse, it would even be harmful to health. The smoothie is a bit of the benchmark drink when you want to quench your thirst without the calories that go with most sugary drinks. But according to a study by two American scientists relayed in The Guardian, drinking a smoothie would not only be harmful to health but also more harmful than Coca-cola.

The problem ? The high fructose content present in this fruit mix. According to the researchers, the smoothie would indeed contain the sugar equivalent of six oranges or a glass of light Coca-Cola (just that).

So we forgot about the smoothie if we watch her line. And while we are at it, we have put together a list of false friends for slimming:

The 10 beasts of thinness:

1 | Sushi  we recently learned that these small Japanese rolls were as high in calories as a Big Mac, or even more (290 to 350 calories). Of course, the quality of the nutritional intake is much better in the case of sushi: low in fat, sushi provides protein, carbohydrates and fiber. Add to this that they are rich in Omega 3, good for physical and mental condition and to protect against cardiovascular diseases. However, if we stick to calories, it is better to pass.

2 | Coca-Cola Light it is the aspartame contained in the American drink which is the # 1 nutritional enemy. This sweetener is perhaps 60 times less caloric than sugar but it whets the appetite and thus promotes snacking.

3 | Balsamic vinegar it is often used in our salads, but this condiment is actually not a friend because it is very sweet.

4 | The pan-fried frozen vegetables  OK, it saves us the step of peeling and other cutting into small pieces but it contains a lot of fat. Much more than if you take care of the seasoning yourself.

5 | Yogurt  with 0% fat: be careful! It is guaranteed without fat, of course, but not necessarily without sugar (s). It is therefore potentially more caloric than conventional yogurt.

6 | The mixed salad  yes the salad itself is low in calories but the ingredients that accompany it are a little less. Beware of eggs, bacon, avocados and seasonings.

7 | Olive oil  it is a good oil for health but it is nonetheless an oil with 900 calories per 100 grams.

8 | Compote it contains fruit AND especially a plethora of sugars. Prefer fruit purées which are without added sugar.

9 | The vitamin drink it is the most deceitful since it can contain between 35 and 140 calories per bottle. Long live the water, the real one.

10| Sliced ​​bread  More caloric than conventional bread, it is rich in fats and sugars.

>> Fortunately, there are solutions for eating and even for snacking without leaving your skin!

Balance breakfast


Breakfast is a meal, a real one! It is part of our three main meals and fully contributes to a balanced diet. Have you been fasting since the previous evening? It is therefore time to recharge the batteries, even if it is not always easy to balance your breakfast, especially with your daily constraints.

Are you short on time? Wondering what your breakfast should consist of? Can’t live without it, or have you never had breakfast in your life? We give you our tips, original ideas and solutions to improve your morning routine!


The beverage

Above all, it is essential to rehydrate your body and compensate for the losses after your night’s sleep. Even if you don’t eat breakfast, take at least the time to rehydrate yourself.

A large glass of hot or cold water, a tea or herbal tea, a bowl of coffee or a glass of 100% pure juice. Choose one or more drinks to compose your breakfast.

A portion of starchy food

Starchy foods provide you with complex carbohydrates. They are ideal for replenishing energy. It is best to choose carbohydrates with a low glycemic index. The glycemic index or GI gives the ability of a food to raise blood sugar. The benchmark glycemic index is glucose, which is 100. A glycemic index of 50, for example, means that the rise in blood sugar is 50% compared to that of glucose. Foods with a low glycemic index will spread the insulin response over time, and will not cause a sudden spike in your blood sugar. Simply put, you’ll be hungry later in the morning. Several factors influence the glycemic index: the presence of fiber, simple sugar, lipids, the level of refinement of the product, etc.

For example :

– White bread has a high glycemic index.

– Wholemeal bread has a low glycemic index because it is rich in fiber.

– Sweet industrial cereals have a high glycemic index compared to oatmeal.

In order to properly compose your breakfast, add wholemeal bread, cereals or a cookie for example.

full breakfast ideas

Beware of industrial products often too rich in simple sugars and saturated fats. These products do not meet your needs after a good night’s sleep. Prefer unrefined, homemade or natural products.

A dairy product

Rich in calcium and protein, dairy products help strengthen your bones and maintain your muscle mass. Yoghurt, fromage blanc, cheese, cheese, etc.

Choose and vary the pleasures, because each dairy product does not provide you with the same nutrients.

A portion of fruit

Raw or cooked, try adding a serving of seasonal fruit to your breakfast. They provide you with essential vitamins and minerals. Raw fruits are a great source of vitamin C, which is essential for energizing and waking up your body. A portion of fruit can be replaced by a compote, a fresh fruit juice or a smoothie for example.


If you have never managed to swallow anything or if breakfast makes you nauseous, do not force yourself! Do not panic, even if this meal contributes to our nutritional balance, you just have to shift it. In this case, to avoid cravings in the morning, plan a small snack when your stomach is “awake”: a fruit with milk, and a drink.